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Statement on President Obama’s Visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 16, 2015

Contact: Tara Ballesteros – tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743 

Washington, DC – Today, President Obama makes history as the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. The National Center for Victims of Crime applauds his leadership and the humanity displayed by meeting with incarcerated individuals; however the President and others leading the charge for criminal justice reform are only looking at part of the equation. 

“Over the last 35 years, crime victims have been recognized as a stakeholder in the criminal justice system. Any reform has to bring all the stakeholders to the table, most importantly the victims. The National Center for Victims of Crime is concerned that the victims’ perspective is being left out of the process. Victims’ rights must be at the core of all reforms and the conversation needs to move beyond de-incarceration. A presidential forum is warranted to understand the victims’ role in a less punitive system and the safety and wellbeing of all victims must be assured as reforms are considered,” commented Mai Fernandez, Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime.  

The National Center for Victims of Crime supports thoughtful reform of the criminal justice system and a process that puts the voice of the victims at the forefront. In its current state, meaningful justice is rare for any of the parties involved. 

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The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For almost 30 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.